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Four Strand Sinnet #2974
Four Strand Sinnet #2974 TyingStart with the ends clamped together. Cross the center pair of lines and then the outer pair maintaining an under and over pattern. Now cross the center pair twice and then the outer pair once. Again cross center pair twice and then outer pair. Continue to reach the desired length.
Four Strand Sinnet #2974 Details
Description: Ashley describes the limit imposed by braiding with just three strands and describes this (ABOK # 2974, p 489) as an example of how: "With four strands the horizon is somewhat widened". Sinnet is also spelled Sennet, Sennit, and Synet.
Comparison: Six Simple Sinnets are shown here to illustrate that even e few strands allow considerable variety and Ashley actually shows a couple more which are not symmetrical. The Simple Braid (1) and the Simple Braid (2) are identical except they are viewed from opposite sides; moreover, tying each version feels quite different. The French Sinnet (1) and French Sinnet (2) are also essentially the same but the way they are tightened makes them look very different. The Square (or Round) Sinnet is pleasingly solid in contrast to #2974 which is more decorative and far more open.
Tying it: This design produces a pleasing pattern but symmetry ia hard ro achieve.
Uses: Although less common today, these Sinnets were commonly used as decorative plats for "hangings", upholstery, and in trimming hats and dresses.
Starting the Sinnet: For this demonstration four cords, were clamped together as Ashley suggests using a pair of pencils either side of the strands with rubber bands at each end to provide the pressure.
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